LONDON: Addressing the House of Commons on Monday (September 8), Health and Social Care Secretary Matt Hancock spoke about new measures introduced in Bolton to reduce the spread of coronavirus (COVID-19).
He said that this is a virus that feeds on complacency. Although time has passed since the peak we saw in the spring, the threat posed by the virus has not gone away.
“Now, with winter on the horizon, we must all redouble our efforts so we can get this virus on the back foot”, he said.
He said that as a country we have made huge strides in our fight against this invisible killer. “Today’s ONS figures show that the weekly coronavirus deaths have dropped to the lowest number since mid-March. And the latest daily number of recorded deaths is 3”.
While young people are less likely to die from this disease, be in no doubt that they are still at risk. The long-term effects can be terrible, and of course they can infect others. Six months on, many people are still suffering chronic fatigue, muscle pain and breathing difficulties.
He said that over the past 6 months we’ve built the biggest testing system of any major European country, and one of the biggest testing systems in the world. And today, I can tell the House that we have met our target to provide testing kits to all care homes for older people and people with dementia, that have registered to get tests.
In Leicester and Luton, the weekly case rate has more than halved during August. Unfortunately, after improving for several weeks, we have seen a very significant rise in cases in Bolton.
Bolton is now up to 120 cases per 100,000, the highest case rate in the country. The rise in cases in Bolton is partly due to socialising by people in their 20s and 30s. We know this from contact tracing.